As we approach the end of the ninth season of RHOA, I feel like everything has become so confusing that I need to back up and remember what caused Kandi and Phaedra to turn on each other so viciously, There is an easy, one word answer to that question. Apollo.
Some folks think it started with the workout video that Todd produced for Phaedra, but things had fallen apart well before that. The DVD situation was really just part of the fallout.
In her latest Bravo blog, Kandi wrote about finding out that Phaedra was behind all the lies Porsha was spewing all season.
I was thinking, “Damn, was there a reason to hate me this much?” She already assisted Johnnie in helping him to meet an attorney to sue me, and now I find out she was spreading accusations that I want to drug people and take them home! This is too much. I’m so glad the truth finally came out and I’m glad to be able to move on from this. Thank you to everyone who remained #TeamKandi, especially when others were believing the lies!
I am firmly on Kandi’s side in this entire situation. What Phaedra did was pure character assassination and dead wrong. BUT, Phaedra did have her reasons.
In any divorce, the couple’s friends are usually divided up along with the marital assets. Due to Phaedra and Kandi’s long friendship, it’s easy to assume that Kandi would remain on Phaedra’s side. But she didn’t. Because Todd and Apollo were close, Todd became aware of a lot of Phaedra’s shady business. What she knows about Phaedra, and how much Apollo told her, via Todd, we will never know. But what happened was that Kandi eventually became very sympathetic to Apollo’s situation. Is that because she found out that Phaedra was the mastermind? We might find that out if Todd’s revelation at the reunion that “the Feds are still watching” bears any fruit.
The bottom line is that Kandi chose Apollo over Phaedra. Kandi knew about Mr. Chocolate, as did most of Atlanta. It seems both Phaedra and Apollo had side pieces during their marriage. The biggest blow to Phaedra was when she found out in the streets that Kandi and Todd were storing some of Apollo’s possessions. That in itself is illegal and it’s amazing they didn’t face any charges that we know of for doing that. Then when Apollo went to prison, Kandi advocated for the boys to be allowed to go visit their father. And that only happened when Bravo insisted on it. Allegedly. From Phaedra’s point of view, her close friend picked her spouses side in a very ugly separation. Phaedra was determined from that point to take Kandi down.
I don’t think it was very wise of Phaedra to start an ugly battle with Kandi. Kandi has ALL the dirt on Phaedra. Her attacks on Kandi and Todd will backfire and may ultimately be what brings Phaedra down.
Kandi doesn’t seem to understand, even now how vindictive Phaedra is.
“I was shocked, angry, disgusted… I could go on. Even with everything that had happened between me and Phaedra, I still didn’t think Phaedra would go so low as to tell someone that I wanted to drug them. Being an attorney, you would think she wouldn’t intentionally spread defamatory false statements about someone. The sad thing was that she didn’t even seem sorry for what she had done.”
She’s only mad she got caught. And the fact that Kandi mentions her right to practice law in the same sentence with the words “defamatory false statements” tell me she is going to go after Phaedra’s license to practice law. This is going to get ugly.
You know who loves it when things get ugly? Andy Cohen. People keep asking me if Phaedra is really fired. I can say that one of my sources believes that rumor and the rest don’t know. I do know that the plan was for there to be no cast changes for Season 10 other than bringing Kim and Nene back in some capacity. Kandi seems to be planning some sort of legal battle. She has plenty of money to do that with. That might cause Bravo to reconsider keeping Phaedra. On the other hand, these two unloading each others personal information next season would be ratings gold. Porsha would have no one, other than Sheree, to film with next season if Phaedra were gone. Which means Porsha would also be in danger of losing her peach if Phaedra does. This is all a giant headache for Bravo. Or Andy Cohen’s wet dream. We’ll have to wait and see.